Pure and Simple

| 7/30/2008 3:04:55 PM

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We are located in Harris County, Georgia. Josh is stationed at Ft. Benning, and we live about half an hour north of Post (and a mile from the Chattahoochee River) on three acres. We have chickens, guinea fowl, turkeys and ducks. Soon we'll have dairy goats. We also have a small organic garden. Of course, simple living is less about what you have and more about what you do with what you have. We spend a lot of our time trying to figure out ways to cut costs by making things ourselves and then putting those plans into action. This means that we are often rendering fat to make soap, building with recycled wood, and other strange activities. We are delighted to represent our corner of the deep south. We’d like to begin with something Lacy wrote back in April.

In the name of all things good and holy, where did our time and money go?

How often have I asked that very question?

Choosing a simplified life does not lengthen the day or make the world instantly bend your way. In fact, as we contemplate why the government doesn’t allow private citizens to install their own solar-energy system and fails to regulate the excessive installation fees … we feel the ugly shadow of discouragement creep over us. Then our bank account fails to produce the necessary funds to support our other inspired ideas or the tools to complete a project. Unfailingly, it is in these moments that we are reminded that our choice to pursue this lifestyle is morally on target. We are then given the chance to see the rewards of our labors and the lighter side of life…

Josh Hunting

A few months ago, I was busily researching how to convert a broken refrigerator into a large incubator for eggs because I have grand ideas of hatching eggs and selling chicks without spending a ghastly amount of money on an industrial incubator. As I scribbled notes on using bathroom fans near the thermostat and the joys of tilting trays, I heard Josh walking very quickly through the house and peeked just in time to see him step out on the front porch with a gun. He told me later that he had a sixth-sense moment so he grabbed his gun like a good soldier and went to save the day. I stalked him with camera in hand, hoping for action.

8/6/2008 4:15:16 PM

Dear Lacy, I stumbled onto your story on simple living. Yes where does the money go that we work so hard for? Why is it that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. If we go for a country drive then after about an hour you can feel the tention going out of your body. Nothing can bring you to reality than either living in the country or seeing the country going out for drives. Now with the price of gas (Canada where I live is $1.34.9 a litre not a gallon) it will be fewer trips to the country. When I saw this post I was so happy to be reminded of what it was like living in the country. I used to live in the country but am living in the city trying to save some extra money to buy some land again and move back. Your writing is such an inspiration to me and no doubt to many others. Especially those who will always live in the city because they have no choice. Please continue to write. You are a blessing in disguise to all. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8/6/2008 2:35:28 PM

Lacy, it's so great to see you here! Your posts are so refreshing, I always look forward to checking in each day and getting the 'Lacy perspective'. I love how you are determined to live your life. It isn't always easy, but it's always worth it. As I prepare to live my dream in the country, you are quite the inspiration. Keep it up.

8/2/2008 9:44:37 PM

Dear Lacy, The most creative thing I can think of is the use of free cinder blocks to surround the first 50 feet or so of our gardens. They are excellent for retaining lovely garden dirt, which in turn holds lovely organic veggies. Organic gardening ROCKS! Take care, Robin Stokes

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